Flights to Dubrovnik from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Norway
An overview of the 2011 schedule for flights to Dubrovnik in Croatia from Spain, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, France, Italy and Switzerland.
Dubrovnik needs no introduction and British and Irish tourists will be arriving en masse on cheap flights to Dubrovnik from the UK and Ireland in 2011, but what are the options for travel to the Pearl of the Adriatic from other countries in Europe? The good news is that, given the relatively small size of Dubrovnik Airport, there is a wide choice of airline routes and carriers, both budget and national.
Is should be noted that the flight schedule and timetable at Dubrovnik Airport is seasonal, with the bulk of the traffic beginning in May and tailing off in later October. Here is an overview of who flies in and from where, with information sourced from the airline websites.
Easyjet Flights to Dubrovnik
Easyjet is increasing its presence in the Croatian market with flights to Zagreb from Gatwick from February 11 and, in addition to its other UK connections, Easyjet will have direct flights to Dubrovnik from five other countries in 2011, with routes from the following airports: Berlin Schoenefeld (June 4 - August 27), Geneva (July 2 - September 17), Milan (July 4 - September 4), Paris Orly (July 2 - August 28), Rome (July 6 - September 4)
Norwegian Flights to Dubrovnik
A growing player in the Croatian budget airline market is Norwegian, who are adding more destinations in the Balkans and flying later in the season, as Scandinavians search for some winter sun. Four destinations from Norway are served from April 2 to October 29 - Bergen, Oslo, Stavanger and Trondheim - while there is also a direct connection from Stockholm (May 1 - September 25) and Copenhagen (June 26 - August 11).
Flights to Dubrovnik from Germany
In addition to Lufthansa's scheduled flight to Frankfurt, tourists from Germany have the option of two budget airlines offering routes to Dubrovnik. German Wings have direct services from Berlin, Cologne, and Hanover, with the possibility for connections from their 75 European destinations, while Air Berlin will be flying from Munich from May 1 and Stuttgart from May 3.
Other Budget Flights to Dubrovnik
With the current published schedules, three other countries are served by low-cost carrier: Jetairfly will bring holidaymakers from Brussels from April 13, Blue1 from Helsinki between May 6 and October 28, while to Spanish cheap airlines will connect travellers from Barcelona to Dubrovnik (Spanair and Vueling, with the latter commencing its season on March 29).
It should be noted that there were several other budget and charter flights to the city in 2010, according to last summer's schedule still showing on the Dubrovnik Airport website, so it is worth checking this as the season approaches to view additional offers.
National Airlines Flying to Dubrovnik
In addition to the budget airlines, several national carriers offers regular scheduled flights to Dubrovnik, including Croatia Airlines, Austrian, Lufthansa, Czech Airlines and British Airways, while others - LOT, Tarom and Iberia - flew in 2010, but there is no schedule for this year currently on their sites, a situation which may change.
Onward Travel from Dubrovnik to Kotor and Budva in Montenegro
Given the inferior choice of flights to Tivat and the convenient location of Dubrovnik Airport, many tourists headed for Montenegro tend to fly into Croatia, before picking up a car and entering Montenegro. The border is about thirty minutes' drive and here are some tips aboutcrossing the border from Dubrovnik to Monetenegro.
Schedules change and more routes will almost certainly be announced, so it is worth checking the airline and Dubrovnik Airport websites for the latest information when planning your trip. Please post any additional routes in the comments box below, so that it can be incorporated into this article to give the best flight advice to fellow travellers.